Friday, June 29, 2007

No more worries or so i think

I have always wondered how is it to start and run a business in Kenya without money and no titles.

But looking closely these days money is being thrown anywhere

Mkopo wa Salo- Barclays
Unsecured Personal Loans- Standard Chartered
Biashara Account- KCB

But some of us are highly sceptical of loans. Having gone through clients files and seeing how their lives have been doomed by taking loans especially in early years when interest rates were uncontrolled. Banks like StanChart and Barclays charged highs of 34% which i think was crazy.

However the Government, Equity is telling me i have access to Ksh. 7 billion
Seeing this Fanikisha project of UNDP and Equity is giving women access to 5 billion shillings, during the budget reading Kimunya gave women Ksh. 2 billion and the youth Fund Ksh. 1 billion. Yes i am eligible for all this money. How to optimize its use is what i am not sure about. I am told opportunities are everywhere, we just have to look harder.

I am really and madly hoping women of this country are going to join forces and make use of this money. I don't belong to any women/merry go round group myself but hey maybe its time to join one. One day Eve Muraya she of Colour Creations told us the only problem us women have is lack of synergy. Don't i agree more.

When i was watching CNN another day i came accross some interesting hero i.e www.kiva.org. It is interesting that someone came up with a very noble project that for only 25$ you will be able to fund a goat trader in Kenya the way they put it. well i will be looking at their field partners and processing information for some people i think could be in need.

Makutano Junction

Makutano Junction is a programme nobody should be able to miss. It is good, funny and wella this junction has everyone from Mama Mboga (my favourite), the Mchawi, the player Husband, and its very interesting to watch. Disappointing though, is that all the producers have English names meaning most good projects have an English hand to it and is heavily funded by the Ford Foundation and others. Almost truly local though even the language and accents.

Lovely weekend everyone, forgive my little access to technology and the less blogging. Maybe i need a Laptop for one donation myself.